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BYOD in Hospitals: Four Tips to Make It Work

For hospitals and other health care organizations (and their employees), bring your own device (BYOD) policies have a number of clear benefits—cost-effectiveness and convenience, to name two.  Yet BYOD also has its potential disadvantages, particularly in the area of privacy and security.  How can hospitals craft policies that effectively balance convenience to employees with protecting […]

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Antibiotic Overprescribing and Telemedicine?

  “Doctors warn that we need to be smarter on how antibiotics are prescribed and used.” Nancy Snyderman, MD NBC News Chief Medical Editor   “The fact is that things like colds don’t get better with antibiotics but we’re still prescribing and using antibiotics in those patients and it just doesn’t provide them any benefit.” […]

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Antibiotic Resistance: “An Increasingly Serious Threat,” says New Report

For today’s average patient, seeing a healthcare provider, whether in person or through telemedicine, and receiving an antibiotic to treat what may or may not be an infection requiring an antibiotic maybe more or less taken for granted.  But that might not always be the case. As a CNN blogger reported, a new study from […]

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Clearing the Air About Telemedicine …

Saturdays are supposed to be reserved for yard work, errands, the grocery run  . . .  and a nap. Not a Saturday morning call from folks attending the Federation of State Medical Board’s (FSMB) annual meeting where telemedicine standards were being discussed. “Folks are spreading the word that the FSMB proposed telemedicine guidelines would outlaw […]

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CMS Medicare Reimburses Nearly $11.8 million for Telemedicine in 2013

According to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), Medicare telemedicine reimbursement totaled $11.8 million in Calendar Year 2013.  This figure reflects payments of $10,689,962 for provider fees at the distant site (the location of the telemedicine provider) and $1,112,446 for originating site fees (the location of the patient). According to information provided by […]

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CTeL Webinar: Telemedicine in the Home: Benefits, Risks, Reimbursement

Join The Robert J. Waters Center for Telehealth and e-Health Law (CTeL) Wednesday, May 14, 2014 from 12 noon – 1:00 pm (EDT) when CTeL hosts a Brown Bag Webinar:   Telemedicine in the Home:   Benefits, Risks, and Reimbursement Join Craig McBurney, CEO, of RemainHome Solutions and Joe McMenamin, MD, JD of CTeL’s Legal Resource Team […]

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CTeL Comments on FSMB Telemedicine Guidelines

The Robert J. Waters Center for Telehealth and e-Health Law (CTeL) offered comments to the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) on the Federation’s “State Medical Boards’ Appropriate Regulation of Telemedicine (SMART)” recommendations. In a letter to the FSMB, CTeL was appreciative that some of the recommendations formulated in 2013 by CTeL’s Board of Directors […]

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How Can Industry Work to Combat Data Breaches?

The past few years have seen more than one large-scale healthcare data breach making the headlines, causing concern among security experts and the public alike.  Now, a new report from researchers at Verizon (and a number of partners specializing in data security) provides a detailed look at the lapses in security that occurred worldwide in […]

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What Does “Telehealth” Mean? Federal Working Group Report: 7 Definitions

For the average American, “telehealth” and “telemedicine” may be unfamiliar words.  And should someone go to several different federal agency Web sites looking for the exact definition, he or she is likely to encounter more than one. As Fierce Health IT reported, a new study, “Federal Efforts to Define and Advance Telehealth—A Work in Progress,” […]

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Putting Remote Monitoring to Work in Maine

For an overwhelming number of elderly people, studies have shown that the choice between remaining at home or moving to a retirement community or other institutional setting is clear: staying put is preferable.  And thanks to advancements in remote monitoring, staying at home has become easier than ever—even among those who suffer from costly chronic […]

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